The U.P. Yoddhas - owned by the GMR Group - beat Puneri Paltan 45-41 in match 129 of Pro Kabaddi Season 9 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Friday, December 9. The result meant their opponents would not finish top of the table going into the PKL 9 playoffs.
Aditya Shinde and Saurabh's raiding helped Puneri Paltan inflict the first All-Out of the game and speed up into a 19-10 lead.
Right before halftime, U.P. Yoddhas made a comeback thanks to Anil Kumar's Super Raid which took out Shinde, D Mahindra Prasad and Akash Chaudhary. The teams went into the break with Puneri Paltan leading 22-19.
The Yoddhas got their own back early in the second half, inflicting an All-Out to draw the scores level but from there on, a war of attrition began.
Despite Pardeep Narwal's off day, the quality players within the ranks of U.P. Yoddhas stepped up as they help inflict another All-Out on Puneri Paltan to take the lead. Durgesh Kumar's Super Raid had turned the tables on the Puneri Paltan who were suddenly on the ropes.
Puneri Paltan stepped on the gas in the final three minutes, hoping to catch up but a series of Super Tackles kept the U.P. Yoddhas' lead intact.
Puneri Paltan drew close at the end, but, the U.P. Yoddhas had done enough to earn a win.